Bridgton Academy's Third Century Fund Campaign Goes Public With Board Challenge

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Bridgton Academy's Third Century Fund capital campaign took another important step forward with the announcement of a Trustee Challenge, which could generate as much as $100,000 dollars in new pledges. The Third Century Fund is the most extensive fundraising effort in the history of Bridgton Academy. With a mission of providing a program for young men in a unique, one-year postgraduate environment, it is integral for the Academy to offer the facilities and curriculum that best prepare its students for the competitive rigors of college and beyond. The Third Century Fund will enable Bridgton Academy to achieve these goals.

Bridgton Academy's Third Century Fund capital campaign took another important step forward with the announcement of a Trustee Challenge, which could generate as much as $100,000 dollars in new pledges.

The Third Century Fund is the most extensive fundraising effort in the history of Bridgton Academy. With a mission of providing a program for young men in a unique, one-year postgraduate environment, it is integral for the Academy to offer the facilities and curriculum that best prepare its students for the competitive rigors of college and beyond. The Third Century Fund will enable Bridgton Academy to achieve these goals.

"You can see the impact of support on the physical capital of the Academy from looking at the new humanities center on campus," Pamela Specht, Trustee and Chair of The Third Century Fund, told more than 20 board members in attendance at the recent annual board meeting. "What we want to do with this challenge is to continue cultivating the story within all of us of how this institution helped us and our sons. We also hope to foster and encourage dialogue as we address the physical and human capital needs of Bridgton Academy."

Headmaster David Hursty expressed his gratitude to the Board of Trustees for providing the "catalyst and the spark … to help drive this campaign through a successful public phase." Mr. Hursty also commended Pam Specht for her unwavering leadership, and her commitment to add an additional $50,000 to her pledge for a total of $300,000, the highest amount pledged by one individual both in this campaign and in the history of the Academy. Together, the Board of Trustees has committed another $150,000 that will now match, dollar for dollar, every new gift and pledge to The Third Century Fund.

The Board of Trustees applauded as Ms. Specht announced the current total receipts for the $3.5 million campaign. "I'm thrilled to announce that we have received $2,642,109.33-- we count every penny," she joked as fellow board members responded.

The Board's challenge is an opportunity for supporters of Bridgton Academy to double the impact of a capital gift, helping Bridgton Academy to meet the last 25% of its $3,500,000 goal. To learn more about Bridgton Academy and the Third Century Fund, please contact Patrick J. Tevlin in the Office of Alumni & Development by phone at (207) 647-3322, x.229, or by email at ptevlin(at)bridgtonacademy.org. Bridgton Academy, located in North Bridgton, Maine, is the nation's only one-year college preparatory school for young men, specializing in a transition year between high school and college.

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